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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - IRI THESys

Konstantin König

Monitoring land use transformations for better land management


  • Climate and land use change
  • Ecosystem services
  • Remote Sensing, GIS, spatial modeling


"My work at IRI THESys benefits in many aspects from the expertise of it's founding institutions and from the centres' connectedness to organizations of the public and private sector. This allows me to align empirical research on land use transformations to topics that are highly relevant for the society in Europe, Latin America and in other regions of the world".  Konstantin König

Konstantin König was postdoctoral researcher at IRI THESys. He is a trained ecologist and gained his PhD analyzing plant diversity pattern in West Africa with remote sensing data. Recently he resettled to Germany with his wife and his son from Latin America, where he coordinated the Brazilian office of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). During this time he was involved in several projects on analyzing the effects of climate and land use change on ecosystem services.

From 1 October 2013 to 31 May 2015, Konstatin König was at IRI THESys, first as senior fellow, later as project manager on the issue of "Assessment of oil palm expansion indicators with new remote sensing approaches".

Selected publications

Luedeling E, Kindt R, Huth N I, König K (2014) Agroforestry systems in a changing climate — challenges in projecting future performance. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 6:1-7

Heubes J, Kühn I, König K, Wittig R, Zizka G, Hahn K (2011) Modelling biome shifts and tree cover change for 2050 in West Africa. Journal of Biogeography, 38: 2248–2258.

König K, Schmidt M, Müller J (2009) Modelling species distributions with high resolution remote sensing data to delineate patterns of plant diversity in the Sahel zone of Burkina Faso. In: Achim Röder & Joachim Hill, Remote sensing and geoinformation processing in land degradation assessment—an introduction. ISPRS book series.

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